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Realistic power output modeling of CPV modules

: Steiner, M.; Siefer, G.; Bösch, A.; Hornung, T.; Bett, A.W.

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Dimroth, F.:
8th International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems, CPV-8 : April 16-18, 2012, Toledo, Spain
Woodbury, NY: AIP Press, 2012 (AIP Conference Proceedings 1477)
ISBN: 978-0-7354-1086-2
ISSN: 0094-243X
International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems (CPV) <8, 2012, Toledo>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer ISE ()
Materialien - Solarzellen und Technologie; III-V und Konzentrator-Photovoltaik; alternative Photovoltaik-Technologie; Hochkonzentrierende Systeme (HCPV); Konzentratorsysteme; module; SPICE

In this work, we introduce a new model called YieldOpt, which calculates the power output of CPV modules. It uses SMARTS2 to model the spectral irradiance, a ray tracing program to model the optics and SPICE network simulation to model the electrical characteristic of triple-junction (3J) cells. The calculated power output is compared to data measured of five CPV modules operating in Freiburg, Germany during a period from October 2011 to March 2012. Four of the modules use lattice-matched 3J cells; one of these modules has also reflective secondary optics. In one of the five modules novel metamorphic 3J cells are used. The agreement of the predicted power output calculated by YieldOpt with the measured data is quantified using the normalized root mean square error. A good agreement between simulation and measurement is achieved. Moreover, the predicted energy yield derived from the new model is compared with the measured energy yield. A good agreement between the measured data and simulated data is achieved. In addition, a high accuracy in predicting the energy yield of different CPV modules is demonstrated. Finally, the new model is compared with three empirical models.